Item description for Iran: Persia: Ancient and Modern, Third Edition (Odyssey Illustrated Guides) by Helen Loveday, Bruce Wannell, Christoph Baumer & Bijan Omrani...
For more than three millennia Iran, or Persia as it was formerly known, was a melting pot of civilizations. Under Cyrus the Great, Persia was the center of the world's first empire, which stretched from the Mediterranean to modern-day Pakistan. Subsequent invasions by the Greeks, Arabs, Mongols and Turks have imbued the nation with an amazingly rich cultural and historical diversity. The Islamic Revolution in 1979 and the subsequent Iran-Iraq war reduced tourism to a trickle, but in the last decade the country's global significance within the modern world has resulted in increasing interest from intrepid travelers unafraid by the West's often "blinkered" appraisal of Iran and its people. Travelers have begun rediscovering the attractions-both old and new-of a diverse land filled with beauty, and brimming with potential. An essential book both for visitors to Iran-whether on business or traveling for pleasure-or for those simply with a thirst to learn about and understand this fascinating country, it provides a fascinating illumination of both ancient Persia and modern Iran. Up-to-date travel facts and tips combine with chapters on each of the country's provinces, and sections on Islamic art, architecture and religion.
Combines general information on well-known sites with up-to-date travel facts
Literary excerpts from both Iranian and renowned Western writers add depth to an appreciation of Iranian culture
320 pages-an additional 56 pages of information compared with 2nd edition
62 color illustrations
10 detailed maps
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More About Helen Loveday, Bruce Wannell, Christoph Baumer & Bijan Omrani
Helen Loveday has a BA in Chinese and a PhD in Chinese archeology from Oxford University. Following time spent in Central Asia, she became attracted by Iran and began studying Farsi, the national language. She is interested in the Islamic architecture of ancient Persia and Sino-Iranian cultural exchanges. She currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where she is a curator of the Baur Collection museum.